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Lotus Seven MOT Results

81.2% pass rate
from 186 tests in 2017
(36% better than other pre-1990 cars)
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for pre-1990 cars and highlighted areas where the Lotus Seven is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment
    • 4.3% fail on Position lamps
      • 1.6% fail on All position lamps (5 times worse than other pre-1990 cars)
      • 1.6% fail on Front lamps
      • 1.6% fail on Rear lamps
    • 3.2% fail on Registration plate lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Stop lamp
    • 2.2% fail on Horn
    • 1.6% fail on Headlamps
      • 1.6% fail on Headlamp
    • 1.6% fail on Direction indicators
      • 1.6% fail on Flashing type
        • 1.1% fail on All direction indicators
        • 0.54% fail on Individual lamps
        • 0.54% fail on Switch
    • 1.1% fail on Battery
    • 1.1% fail on Headlamp aim
    • 0.54% fail on Rear fog lamp
      • 0.54% fail on Fog lamp
    • 0.54% fail on Hazard warning
      • 0.54% fail on Switch
  • 8.1% fail on Brakes
    • 7.5% fail on Brake performance
      • 4.8% fail on Front wheels
      • 3.8% fail on Rear wheels
      • 3.2% fail on Parking brake performance
      • 0.54% fail on Gradient hand brake
      • 0.54% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 1.6% fail on Parking brake
      • 1.6% fail on Condition
    • 1.6% fail on Hydraulic systems
      • 1.1% fail on Components
        • 1.1% fail on Pipes
        • 0.54% fail on Hoses
      • 0.54% fail on Operation
    • 0.54% fail on Service brake control components
      • 0.54% fail on Pedal
        • 0.54% fail on Anti-slip
  • 4.8% fail on Driver's view of the road
    • 3.8% fail on Washers
    • 1.1% fail on Wipers
    • 0.54% fail on Bonnet
  • 4.3% fail on Suspension (56% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 2.2% fail on Suspension arms
      • 2.2% fail on Pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.54% fail on Tie bars/rods
      • 0.54% fail on Condition
    • 0.54% fail on Anti-roll bars
      • 0.54% fail on Linkage pins/bushes/ball joints
    • 0.54% fail on Wheel bearings
      • 0.54% fail on Front
    • 0.54% fail on Front suspension retaining and locking devices
    • 0.54% fail on Shock absorbers
      • 0.54% fail on Condition
  • 3.2% fail on Steering
    • 2.7% fail on Steering system
      • 1.6% fail on Track rod end
      • 0.54% fail on Free play
        • 0.54% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.54% fail on Steering rack
      • 0.54% fail on Drag link end
    • 0.54% fail on Steering control
      • 0.54% fail on Steering coupling
        • 0.54% fail on Universal joint
  • 1.6% fail on Registration plates and VIN
    • 1.6% fail on Registration plate
  • 1.1% fail on Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions (81% better than other pre-1990 cars)
    • 0.54% fail on Exhaust system
    • 0.54% fail on Emissions
    • 0.54% fail on Fuel system
      • 0.54% fail on Hose
  • 0.54% fail on Tyres
    • 0.54% fail on Tread depth
  • 0.54% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.54% fail on Attachment
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